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Toronto FC Sign Midfielder Matty Longstaff

By on February 29, 2024 0 941 Views

The season for Toronto FC kicked off just this past week where they drew in a scoreless matchup against FC Cincinnati. Yet, Toronto FC’s front office has yet again signed another player: this time The Reds are adding to the mix some English Premier League experience after acquiring former Newcastle midfielder Matty Longstaff.

The 23-year-old midfielder has joined the Reds on a two-year deal through 2025 with a club option for 2026.

Longstaff joins the team after being a free agent and on the sidelines for over 15 months after he suffering an ACL injury in December 2022 which saw his four seasons at English club Newcastle United come to a end, with the club releasing him.

His time with Newcastle saw Longstaff register 20 matches, 14 of them occurring in the Premier League.

His first goal for Newcastle was the winning goal on his Premier League debut on October 6, 2019 against Manchester United.

On a international level, Longstaff has represented England in the youth ranks, making two appearances for the England U-20 team.

“I’m thrilled to welcome Matty to our squad,” said Toronto FC head coach John Herdman upon acquiring the English midfielder. “His Premier League experience and dynamic playing style will add depth to our midfield and complement our tactical blueprint”.

Coach Herdman now has Deybi Flores, Coello, captain Jonathan Osorio, Latif Blessing, and Brandon Servania up for selection – and if Longstaff is fully recovered and fit, Herdman will have a great pool of midfielders at his arsenal to generate some spark into the squad as the club looks to bounce back after a terrible 2023 season.

After announcing Longstaff, TFC also reveled they have paid $175,000 in GAM to FC Cincinnati for a 2024 International roster slot.

Toronto FC will head to New England this weekend to play their second game of the MLS season as their front office continues to string in a couple more signing, working towards a rebuild and bouncing back after a tough 2023.

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